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Whole 9 Yards is a weekly podcast that will simultaneously educate, astonish, and amuse. Listen while we share equivocal research about the origin of words, phrases, and idioms we use every day. From the team at Big Science Pods, we bring you the whole 9 yards, the entire kit and caboodle, the whole shebang of this quick, entertaining look at our language and the history therein. Learn why we call New York "The Big Apple," what "red-handed" REALLY means and why sometimes people are "happy as ...
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Idioms and Idiots

Idioms and Idiots

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Every other week, we provide the real and completely made up origins of five idioms. Sandwiched between idioms are a rotating variety of segments including Portmanteau Corner, Word Advocacy Corner, and "Sports?". tl;dr Two people (idiots) talk about idioms (idioms) and other stuff.
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A 2-minute podcast that you can quickly and easily listen to that will ideally share one Igbo Language Proverb, Idiom, or Phrase, provide the literal meaning and the figurative explanation while suggesting the most applicable English language equivalent.
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The English language originated from West Germanic dialects around 550 AD. From being the language of England, it is now spoken in significant parts of the world. Over the centuries English has become a flexible language by nature. It has developed through the years by adding words to enrich the vocabulary and creating various idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech which help in expressing what one wishes to say in a unique manner. Talking specifically about idioms, these are a group of wo ...
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Welcome to The Vita English Podcast. My name is Faith, and I’m your host. Tune in to this podcast and improve your English.If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, visit www.vitaenglish.ca or email me at info@vitaenglish.ca For information about taking 1:1 online English classes, please visit www.vitaenglish.ca or email info@vitaenglish.ca
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Episode 145: Jay & Ray kibitz over some old idioms. - Encore roger kibitz Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. G…
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Episode 223: Jay & Ray talk to some people about idioms. - Encore latchkey kid buckaroo Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video…
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Episode 222: Jay & Ray groove with some Gs. disgruntle grub Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of…
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Episode 221: Jay & Ray get squared away with new idioms. spic and span squared away Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video ind…
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Episode 220: Jay & Ray leaf through some old foliage idioms. - Encore root for bushed Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video i…
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Episode 219: Jay & Ray punch out some old idioms. - Encore cold cocked beats me Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industr…
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Episode 218: Jay & Ray spend some money on a few old idioms. - Encore bucks moola ducats dosh Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and…
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Episode 217: Jay & Ray get curious about curios. - Encore tchotchke knick-knack bric-a-brac gewgaw Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film…
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Episode 216: Jay & Ray sling some old slang. - Encore rank have a blast square psych Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video in…
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pisode 215: Jay & Ray farm a few old idioms. - Encore don't have a cow when pigs fly haywire long row to hoe Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the adverti…
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Episode 214: Jay & Ray digest a few old food idioms. - Encore a finger in every pie chew the fat fit as a fiddle ear to the ground plus a drop in by the illustrious Johnny Dollar, R.I.P. Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound …
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Episode 213: Jay & Ray get scammed by a few old idioms. - Encore nick stiff racket boost Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vide…
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Check out Episode 3 of All Idioms Podcast, "Unveiling Shakespeare: The Idioms We Live By," for a deep dive into the English language's linguistic treasures. This time, Bryan Kraft takes us on a fascinating journey to discover how Shakespeare's idioms have had a lasting impact on our everyday conversations. Ten Shakespearean idioms you didn't know c…
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Dive into the fascinating interplay of language and culture with Bryan Kraft in this episode of Cultural Crossroads. Explore the rich tapestry of idioms from around the globe, uncovering their literal meanings, figurative insights, and intriguing origins. From the melting pot of diversity to the wisdom of cultural proverbs, gain a deeper understand…
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For the second episode focusing on the idiom "to throw in the towel," we can create an engaging narrative that delves into its origins, literal meaning, and how it's used to signify surrender or admitting defeat, especially in challenging situations. This phrase, deeply rooted in boxing history where a towel would be thrown into the ring to stop a …
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Episode 212: Jay & Ray chow down on some old food-ioms. - Encore chow nosh spam barbecue Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vide…
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Episode 211: Jay & Ray do some old detective work. - Encore private dick sleuth hawkshaw narc Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and…
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Episode 210: Jay & Ray call each other by a few old nicknames. - Encore doofus buster chap lad Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, an…
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Episode 209: Jay & Ray have idioms flying out their wazoo. teetotaller wazoo Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries…
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Episode 208: Jay & Ray party down with some old idioms. - Encore paint the town red hobnob play hooky wallflower Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the adv…
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Episode 207: Jay & Ray eye up some old body idioms. - Encore foot in mouth mug on the tip of your tongue twist your arm Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for …
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Episode 206: Jay & Ray meet some friendly animal idioms. again. - Encore a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush don't count your chickens eat crow can of worms Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast…
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Episode 205: Jay & Ray move to understand a few old phrases. - Encore badger grasping for straws get the ball rolling palm off Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production servic…
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Episode 204: Jay & Ray learn how to say some old idioms. - Encore gingerly barn burner hold a candle SNAFU Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertisi…
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Episode 203: Jay & Ray enjoy the scent of some fresh idioms. p.u. tit for tat Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industrie…
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Episode 202: Jay & Ray kick off Season 5! piping hot bellwether Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a tast…
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Episode 201: Jay & Ray groove with a few 60s idioms, again. - Encore bummer flake split bogart Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, an…
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Episode 200: Jay & Ray ay & Ray take a whack at a few golf idioms - again. Encore. birdie bogey eagle mulligan Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the adver…
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Episode 199: Jay & Ray are on the wrong side of the law - again. Encore. on the lamb scott-free redhanded cut to the chase Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services f…
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Episode 198: Jay & Ray trip the light fantastic. skin in the game trip the light fantastic Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vi…
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Episode 197: Jay & Ray take a few new idioms to court. break the ice kangaroo court Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video ind…
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Episode 196: Jay & Ray slice up some new food idioms. cheesy in a nutshell Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. …
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Episode 195: Jay & Ray hash out some new food idioms. sour grapes just desserts Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industr…
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Episode 194: Jay & Ray take a thunderous approach to new etymologies. steal your thunder why is Macbeth referred to as 'The Scottish Play?' Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post prod…
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Episode 193: Jay & Ray scuffle with a few old fighting words. - Encore beef screwed the pooch bone of contention donnybrook Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services …
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Episode 192: Jay & Ray stitch up a few new idioms. know the ropes hell bent for leather Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video…
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Episode 191: Jay & Ray iron out a few more clothing idioms. - Encore by the seat of your pants skivvies keep your shirt on thinking cap Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post producti…
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Episode 190: Jay & Ray get in touch with nature again. - Encore beat around the bush turn over a new leaf heard it through the grapevine Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post product…
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Episode 189: Jay & Ray re-discover some inner happiness. - Encore dandy lark okay pleased as punch Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film…
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Episode 188: Jay & Ray hang out with some dude related idioms again. - Encore old coot scalawag fuddy duddy jerkwater 1905 footage of the railway water trough. Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and…
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Episode 187: Jay & Ray talk to the animals again. - Encore crocodile tears dog eat dog cat's meow elephant in the room Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for t…
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Episode 186: Jay & Ray make no sense with some old nonsense. - Encore lackadaisical flabbergasted gobsmacked shenanigans Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for…
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Episode 185: Jay & Ray spend some time cashing in a few old money idioms. - Encore cheapskate dollars to donuts burn a hole in your pocket Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post produ…
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Episode 184: Jay & Ray chow down on a few old foodioms. - Encore baker's dozen proof is in the pudding take the cake other fish to fry Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post productio…
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Episode 183: Jay & Ray sling around some slang again. - Encore book it skinny nifty putz Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vide…
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Episode 182: Jay & Ray stumble randomly through some old idioms. - Encore tickle your fancy get hitched plant lowball Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for th…
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Episode 181: Jay & Ray say some things - again. Encore bob's your uncle by & large heavens to betsy call a spade a spade Link to W.E.B. Dubois's powerful essay 'Returning Soldiers' written to the African-American soldiers returning from WWI. Snagglepuss (not Marvin Martian) Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Scienc…
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Episode 180: Jay & Ray cash in on some new money idioms. filthy rich foot the bill Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video indu…
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Join Faith on the Vita English Podcast as she discusses the importance of asking questions politely in English. Learn easy strategies to make your questions sound softer and more considerate. Share your progress and get feedback at info@vitaenglish.ca. Let's grow together, and remember, when it comes to English, use it, live it, love it, and fluenc…
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Episode 179: Jay & Ray tell a few cock and bull stories. eat your heart out cock and bull story Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, a…
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